A potential boost from Malhotra
Taking another giant step during his remarkable comeback from a scary injury, Manny Malhotra will suit up and be on the ice when the Canucks are warming up tonight. He’s gone from day-to-day to game-time decision, and head coach Alain Vigneault said that if he does play, the centre will be slowly eased back into the lineup.
Malhotra also skated with Vancouver’s Black Aces this morning, pushing the optimism machine to its breaking point.
The latest on Vancouver’s other injury obsession
While there’s plenty of positive news around Malhotra, Dan Hamhuis is still saddled with the intentionally vague “day-to-day” tag.
The focus during the Canucks’ playoff run has often been on the forwards and the emergence of Ryan Kesler and the Sedins since their brief offensive slumber back in round one. But Hamhuis has led the defensive shutdown, and circulation is being cut off all around Vancouver right now with fingers crossed tightly. Fans are well aware that with his +29 overall rating for the season, he’s the most irreplaceable member of the blueline.
The two most likely candidates to jump from the press box to the bench and replace Hamhuis’ minutes are Keith Ballard and Andrew Alberts, both of whom have played sparingly this post-season. That especially goes for Alberts, who has appeared in only three games, and last saw the ice on May 3.
Meanwhile, Ballard has been the subject of scorn all season in Vancouver because of his lacklustre production since being acquired last summer from Florida, a trade that saw Rookie of the Year candidate Michael Grabner head south. He played in five games during Vancouver’s first round defeat of Chicago, and has appeared in only a combined four games in the second and third rounds.
Jack Edwards is still a crazy old man
In case you missed it, yesterday was another day in which Bruins play-by-play man Jack Edwards gave the entire Internet a reason to wonder how such an insane old man maintains a job with a major sports network. Thankfully, with only CBC and Versus broadcasting the Stanley Cup Final, the only place we get to hear crazy Jack nowadays is during his appearances on WEEI, Boston’s flagship sports talk station.
It’s quite a rare moment when breast feeding is mentioned alongside hockey in any context.
The Sedins’ new offseason business venture
We’ve seen a swift increase in Italian-soccer style flopping during this post-season, leading some to believe that the art of diving is being taught in some illegal underground school. Turns out there’s a Sedin for that…
(well done, Bruins Hockey Now)
The problem with scoring is that you’re expected to do it more often
Only the most intensely delusional fans expected Tyler Seguin to maintain his video game scoring pace that he established with six points during his first two playoff games. So clearly a regression was coming, but he’s now posted zeros across the board in his last six games.
As CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty notes, Seguin’s ice time was scaled back dramatically in Game 1 against Vancouver. The 19-year-old saw only brief powerplay time early in the first period, and registered the second-lowest overall ice time on the Bruins’ roster (6:21).